to you by Special Events Resource Group (SERG)
October 18th and
The original German Oktoberfest celebration was started in 1810, when King Ludwig I of Bavaria decided to celebrate his marriage with Princess Theresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen in royal style. Originally it was meant to be just a simple horse race event but the Bavarian character quickly took over and it became a happy gathering of cheerful beer drinkers.
The celebration was such a success that Ludwig issued a royal decree making October festival time in Munich, Germany. The festival was dedicated to the fall harvest and to the Region's most famous product, beer. Tradesman and merchants came throughout Germany to join in the merry-making. They examined the crops, sang songs, danced and sampled the first beer of the season.
This year, visitors to the German Oktoberfest will consume 5 million liters of beer, 700,000 chickens, and 400,000 sausages. They will celebrate their 202nd birthday and it is considered the largest festival in the world drawing over 7 million of visitors annually. To learn more about the German Oktoberfest click here.
In contrast here in Ruidoso, we are only celebrating our 31st annual Oktoberfest. We don't consume near that amount of chickens, sausages, or beer, but we make a good attempt at it, and we have a lot of fun doing it.
The Ruidoso Oktoberfest is produced by Special Events Resource Group (SERG). SERG is a non-profit 501c3 New Mexico Corporation formed with the purpose of providing funds to benefit legitimate and recognized Charities and fund Education Scholarships for the youth of Lincoln County, NM. Since its inception in 1999, SERG has contributed over $165,000 to Lincoln County charities including over $70,000 in scholarships.
These recipients include -
The Hondo Community Garden Project, Ruidoso
Fire Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ruidoso High School, Capitan
Schools - Drama, National Junior Honor Society, Math Program, Capitan
Band, Humane Society of Lincoln County, Home Health and Hospice of Lincoln
County, RHS Boys Basketball, Zia Girl Scout Council, Volunteer Fire
Departments of Hondo and Glencoe, Capitan Library, Gavilan School, White
Mountain Search & Rescue, Altrusa Mammogram Program, RHS Soccer Programs
- both boys and girls teams, RMS Enrichment Program, RHS Volleyball,
RHS Track, Ruidoso Christian Academy, RHS Cross Country and Track Teams,
Capitan FFA. We have also provided scholarship funds for 77 Lincoln
Planned Musical Entertainment by:
Swingshift from Albuquerque, NM
Salzburger Echo from Sandy, Utah
Dance Ensembles include:
Ft. Bliss Schuhplattler
Food booths will be selling:
Bratwurst (with sauerkraut)
For those of you really looking to get in the mood, the Ruidoso Oktoberfest encourages people to "dress for the occasion".
If you are interested in acquiring some Bavarian clothing, try:
Click on any of the images below for a bigger view of fun!
Pictures from Oktoberfest 2005
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